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Music and society in early modern England

Music and Society in Early Modern England is the first comprehensive survey of English popular music during the early modern period to be published in over one hundred and fifty years. Christopher Marsh offers a fascinating and broad-ranging account of musicians, the power of music, broadside ballads, dancing, psalm-singing and bell-ringing. Drawing on sources ranging from ballads, plays, musical manuscripts and diaries to wills, inventories, speeches and court records, he investigates the part played by music in the negotiation of social relations, revealing its capacity both to unify and to divide. The book is lavishly illustrated and is accompanied by a CD featuring forty-eight specially commissioned recordings by the critically acclaimed Dufay Collective. These include the first ever attempts to reconstruct the distinctively early-modern sounds of "rough music" and unaccompanied congregational psalm-singing [Publisher description]
Print Book, English, 2010
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2010
Compact discs
xiii, 609 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm + 1 audio disc (digital; 4 3/4 in.)
9780521898324, 9781107610248, 0521898323, 1107610249
Introduction: the ringing island
The power of music
Occupational musicians: denigration and defence
Occupational musicians: employment prospects
Recreational musicians
Ballads and their audience
Balladry and the meanings of melody
'The skipping art': dance and society
Parish church music: the rise of 'the singing psalms'
Parish church music: bells and their ringers
Conclusion: the musical milieux of Machyn and Pepys
CD track list, contents notes, lyrics and musical examples on (p. 526-555). Performed by the Dufay Collective with invited guests
Selections on accompanying disc performed by The Dufay Collective, with invited guests.